FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hepatitis B Foundation Partners with the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board
DOYLESTOWN, PA (February 9, 2007) – The hepatitis B virus is the most common serious liver infection in the world today,” according to Chari Cohen, MPH, program coordinator of the Hepatitis B Foundation, located in Bucks County, PA. With more than 1.25 million chronically infected Americans, the Hepatitis B Foundation is committed to eradicating hepatitis B and reducing the burden of hepatitis B-related liver cancer through research, education, and advocacy efforts. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and infected bodily fluids, through unprotected sexual contact, and from a mother to her baby during the childbirth process.
The hepatitis B vaccine is given in three doses, over a six-month period of time. Infants have been routinely vaccinated since 1991, however, most adults are not have not been vaccinated.
“We’ve been working with the Hepatitis B Foundation for two years at the PA CareerLink Bucks County,” according to Director of Workforce Development, Elizabeth Walsh. “The Hepatitis B Foundation provides training to our staff on universal safety procedures and offers awareness training to our customers in regular workshops. One of the alarming statistics they’ve shared is that women who are underinsured or in marginal living situations are at a higher risk for the hepatitis B infection.”
In cooperation with the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board (the governing body of the CareerLink) the Hepatitis B Foundation applied for and received grant funding to increase the availability of vaccinations for staff and customers of the CareerLink. Garney Morris, Chair of the BCWIB, stated, “The Bucks County WIB is dedicated to satisfying the workforce needs of Bucks County’s residents and employers. We work hard for all of Bucks County, and realized that our own staff needed to be attended to as well. We learned that hepatitis B vaccinations are not always given to adults and wanted to make sure those who work for us are properly vaccinated.”
The Bucks County Department of Health has generously donated the vaccine doses and will be on site at the PA CareerLink Bucks County on March 15th at 11 AM to begin the first round of vaccinations for 40 staff members and enrolled customers of the PA CareerLink Bucks County. Partial funding has also been provided by the Chiron Foundation.
About the Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected with hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. It is located in the new Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County, which it created to accelerate its research mission. For more information, visit www.hepb.org or call (215) 489-4900.